Helloween: Gambling with the Devil: German power metal pioneers have their strongest release in years.
Hibria: Defying the Rules: Brazilian power/speed metal that is extremely fast and extremely catchy.
Kamelot: The Black Halo: Melodic metal masterpiece from rising American band with European style.
Lost Horizon: A Flame to the Ground Beneath: Swedish power metal band on their triumphant sophomore album.
Manticora: 8 Deadly Sins: Outstanding progressive power metal from Denmark.
Nightmare: Genetic Disorder: French power metal band with an emphasis on "power".
Outworld: Outworld: Surprisingly great power/progressive metal band with only one album.
Sonata Arctica: Silence: Extremely melodic and fast-paced power metal from Finland.
Symphony X: The Odyssey: Epic progressive power metal album centered around Homer's The Odyssey.
Twisted Tower Dire: Crest of the Martyrs: Proof that there are some truly great traditional metal bands still out there.